Healthy Gardening

Our project aims to help people make more informed decisions about healthy gardening practices and other steps to minimize the impacts of soil contaminants on their families and communities.

If you have tested your soil, Understanding Results can help you figure out how your levels of lead or other chemicals compare to background levels and health-based guidance values.

Even if you have not tested your soil, healthy gardening practices are still helpful. Taking steps to reduce contact with soil contaminants is especially important if you know or suspect that your soil may be contaminated (see Sources and Types of Contaminants).

The resources below will help you find the right strategies for your situation. See also our FAQs for additional help, and our Compost section for more information about the role of compost in sustainability and healthy gardening.

Concerned about your chickens? Check out these resources too.

In response to COVID-19: